A prize goaltender struggling with consistency is the worst nightmare
for hockey fans. Just as the Chicago Blackhawks.
had appeared to get under control after a horrible return from the
Olympic break, but 13 allowed goals in four games — with three losses
— had the Vancouver Canucks looking for options on how to bring the
goaltender out of his funk. Turns out, all he needed was a game off. At
least that’s what he says, per
Ben Kuzma of The Province:
“I’ve been in the
league 10 years and I’ve been through this before. The
solution is not to take a week off. I’ve had two days and that’s more
than enough for me. I’ve always worked through things and I’m a
hard-working guy and I want to play. I don’t want to sit on the bench
and watch games — one is enough for me.”
was the first home game Luongo has sat on the bench for since January of
2008. He’ll be back between the pipes tomorrow against San Jose. I
doubt that just one game off is enough for Luongo to completely work
through the mechanical issues he’s fighting through, especially since
it’s likely those issues are caused by fatigue.
You’d have thought
that resting Luongo for two games, both against relatively beatable
opponents, would have been a smart choice considering the workload he’s
been under this season. But hey, AV wanted to have his ‘best lineup on
the ice’ against the Oilers, which didn’t really work out as planned.
Hindsight, and all that.
Get set for the Heritage Classic with hot dog facts and more
The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.
The Arizona Coyotes received (mostly) good news on Sunday: Mike Smith‘s injury isn’t believed to be “severe,” even if he’s considered week-to-week, according to reporters including TSN’s Darren Dreger.
While Louis Domingue and Justin Peters isn’t the sort of goalie duo that will make shooters think twice about firing the puck, they’re both at least fairly experienced netminders.
(Considering Smith’s struggles with injuries and inconsistency, it’s not surprising that Arizona invested in a little insurance in Peters.)
Domingue is slated to start in net for the Coyotes against the New York Rangers on Sunday. It’s been a bumpy start for him so far, but Arizona has at least a theoretical advantage in that the Rangers played on Saturday.
As far as when Smith will be back? Well here’s a slight idea.
Dave Tippett does not think Mike Smith will be ready for home game vs. Colorado on Oct. 29, but he is not far from getting back on the ice.
Chances are, plenty of hockey fans – and maybe some members of the Colorado Avalanche – were uttering that question after Saturday night.
Well, we know this about Shane Harper: he scored his first two NHL goals at age 27, helping the Florida Panthers beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.
You can watch both of Harper’s goals in the recap video:
Harper also drew enough ire from the Avalanche to get into a bit of a skirmish following a hit.
So, who is Shane Harper?
For one thing, he’s from Valencia, California and did not go drafted.
His best junior season came in 2009-10, when he scored 42 goals and 80 points for the Everett Silvertips. He’s become quite the seasoned AHL veteran since then, and while his numbers won’t wow you, he did do enough in 2014-15 to maybe turn a head or two. Harper scored 32 goals and 50 points for the Chicago Wolves that season.
You can tell his teammates were happy for him – gentle ribbing and all – when the media asked about his career milestone: